For a long time I assumed it was the quality of the post that made people comment. Sort of a “righto chap!” to the general bloggitude.
But then I read this and didn’t comment. I end up doing that a lot in Moof‘s and breakerslion‘s posts. I’m not sure why. It’s not that they’re bad posts, often they write some of the best stuff I read every day.
I guess I just feel like any comment I do will lessen the post.
Like whenever somebody tells you a really sad story and it’s engaging and captivating and enthralling and you find yourself listening and wondering what’s going to happen. Then they finish and ask you for a reaction: sometimes you have something fantastic to say because they piqued your imagination or curiousity, but other times you find yourself at a loss.
Thus, I find that there are nine main reasons why most people comment:
- To show the writer/readers that they were there and read the post or a prior comment.
- To attack or defend a point made in the post or a prior comment.
- To crack a joke.
- To comment on something completely unrelated (usually these are people asking for something or people you know in real life commenting on real events).
- To show emotional or intellectual appreciation for the post or a prior comment.
- To express emotional or intellectual dislike for the post or a prior comment. (This can be as simple as a ‘…‘ or as rude as swearing.)
- To get people to visit your blog or website (SPAM, SPAM, SPAM. Even if it’s a legitimate person doing it, it’s SPAM).
- To question the post or a portion of the post (or a prior comment).
- Because the writer asks them to.
- I’m here.
- You’re wrong/right.
- Your mom.
- What about Bob?
- Bravo, good sir, bravo.
- Penis, penis, penis!!!
- Comment. There. Happy now?